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Using Less Calculus in Teaching Calculus: An Historical Approach

by R. M. Dimitric (Berkeley Basic Research Institute)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
June, 2001

Subject classification(s): Calculus | Single Variable Calculus
Applicable Course(s): 3.0 Calculus | 3.1 Mainstream Calculus I | 3.2 Mainstream Calculus II | 3.4 Non-mainstream Calc I | 3.5 Non-mainstream Calc II

The author uses topics from the history of mathematics to advance the notion that geometry and algebra have a pedagogical role to play in solving some problems routinely solved by "brute force" methods of calculus.


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Capsule Course Topic(s): One-Variable Calculus | History of Calculus
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